Oakham Cricket Club team up with Joe Humphries Memorial Trust to install life-saving defribrillator
Oakham Cricket Club has invested in life-saving equipment with the support of a heart charity and their county league.
The club put its own funds towards installing a defibrillator at their Brooke Road ground, while heart charity, the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) donated a cabinet to store it in.
During February and March, club members will take training in how to use the new equipment as well as CPR.
Training will be led by the Leicestershire-based Trust which was set up after the sudden death of teenager Joe Humphries while running in 2012.
The Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket League made CPR training and defibrillators mandatory at all Premier Division clubs three years ago.
Oakham CC president Nick Begy said it was an obvious step to take, recalling Savanaca Koroibulileka who collapsed on the pitch while playing for Oakham RFC in 2016 and later died.
“While we hope we will never have to use it, it shows our commitment to being fully prepared for a cardiac emergency both on and off the field,” he said.
“Nothing can be more important than saving a life. We are a community club in the centre of town, and it’s important to us that everyone has access and that’s why we have made the defib’ highly visible.”
Steve Humphries, from the JHMT, added: “Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime and at any age, including seemingly fit and healthy young people.
“It’s vitally important everyone learns CPR and knows how to use a defibrillator – and that defibrillators are readily available in case of a cardiac emergency.”